[SECC] Promotion of GQP 2008
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Fri Dec 7 15:49:45 EST 2007
Don't forget the GARS Jan Chili cookoff / ham radio show. I'm sure
that the SEDXC guys would gladly allow table usage for GQP info.
--- John Laney <k4bai at worldnet.att.net> wrote:
> Hello all:
> Probably we should have some more organized promotion of the Georgia
> Party than we have had in recent years. There are four areas that I
> used to promote the GQP in the 1960s through the 1980s when it was
> successful without tremendous mobile participation, which has been
> heart of since the 1999 revival.
> 1. Hamfest flyer promotion. Handing out and making available at
> flyers for the upcoming GQP. Certainly the Kennehoochee hamfest
> place before GQP, as it is in March. There may be one or two others.
> We should have some promotinal flyers available and in the hands of
> attendees to be handed out as we meet people there and there should
> be a
> stack of them at the SEDXC table.
> 2. On-the-air promotion. This can only be organized by
> on nets. A brief, enthusiastic announcement to be made on local 2M
> and on 75/80M traffic and emergency and ragchew nets can be very
> effective. I used to be active on all of the 75M nets, but am not
> more. I can certainly send out a "QNC" (all net stations copy)
> on the GSN and GTN CW nets in the weeks before the contest. Do we
> any members who could do the same for the Ga SSB net, the GA Tfc and
> Emergency Net, the Ga Cracker Net, the Georgia Traffic Net (SSB), and
> other 75M nets? Same for large metropolitan 2M nets? I guess I
> do it on the Sunday morning (only) Cracker net of which I am still a
> member after almost 53 years. Otherwise, everyone should talk it up
> the air, particularly with other GA stations.
> 3. I used to send personal letters to hams that I knew had stations
> could be on the air from counties that were not usually represented
> GQP. I don't think this is necessary and the cost of such letters is
> much greater than in the past. A few well chosen letters might help.
> even got K4EWG on for a GQP once. In place of letters, we could have
> some e-mails sent on a personal basis. Jeff, KU8E, and I have done a
> bit of this in the past. You have to be careful in sending out
> to a list as your server may limit the number of addressees.
> NE4S could provide a list of calls of stations in state and out of
> that have participated in GQPs for which he has records. We could
> to get their current e-mail addresses off QRZ.COM or other such data
> bases and send out e-mails reminding of the current GQP, any rule
> changes, any known mobile or portable operations, special awards,
> and encouraging participation.
> 4. I used to have a short version of the rules (usually prepared for
> the ARRL Contest Corral, which no longer summarizes rules of
> that I would insert in envelopes with QSLs or other correspondence
> to GA and non-GA hams for months before the GQP. As a QSL manager
> active ham, I send out a lot of envelopes to other hams and inclusion
> a GQP flyer would be very little trouble and might help activity.
> QSL managers (N4XP and other DXers) could do the same once we have a
> short version of the rules that could be dowloaded and printed.
> We have tried to get out information to all the clubs in the state in
> past years based on a list kept by Susan, AF4FO, the GA SM. This
> continue. Most clubs have shown very little interest, but it is
> possible that this has gotten word out to some individual club
> that has helped participation.
> Of course, we need to continue to encourage mobile participation from
> hams inside and outside GA. Outside GA hams should be encouraged to
> come to GA and give out counties. This year, we might actually get
> activity from all 159 counties. Last year we came very close to that
> Anyone who can help with any phase of the promotion campaign should
> Mike, NE4S, know and should post it and any other ideas to the
> Happy holidays to all. 73, John, K4BAI.
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